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Cowboys 2012 Undrafted Free Agents: Announce Signing Of 21 Players

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Cowboys consider OL Ron Leary their "8th draft pick"
Cowboys consider OL Ron Leary their "8th draft pick"

The Dallas Cowboys announced today that they have signed 21 undrafted rookie free agents. The official list of signings differs in one point from the list we had published earlier: QB Nathan Dick does not appear to be one of the UDFA signings after all. Instead he'll be among 10-15 players having an extra tryout during rookie minicamp.

Offense Defense
POS Rank Player College POS Rank Player College
OT 182 Jeff Adams Columbia CB 245 Lionel Smith* Texas A&M
OG 187 Ron Leary* Memphis CB 398 Troy Woolfolk Michigan
OT 280 Levy Adcock Oklahoma State CB 715 Isaac Madison* Arkansas
OT 639 Taylor Dever Notre Dame DE 463 Adrian Hamilton* Prairie View A&M
OG - - Harland Gunn Miami DE 492 Aston Whiteside Abilene Christian
OT - - Tyrone Novikoff Idaho S 353 Eddie Whitley Virginia Tech
WR 220 Tim Benford Tennessee Tech
WR - - Cole Beasley* SMU LS - -
Charley Hughlett UCF
WR - - Donavon Kemp UTEP
WR - - Saalim Hakim Tarleton State
TE 335 George Bryan North Carolina State
TE 540 Andrew Szczerba Penn State 'Rank' is per the CBSSports big board
(*) are players who had a pre-draft
visit with the Cowboys
RB 355 Lance Dunbar* North Texas
RB 397 Darrell Scott South Florida

The list is heavy on offensive linemen, and the Cowboys are quite pleased with their haul there, especially with Ronald Leary, judging by the fuss Jerry Jones made about him at the post draft press conference. There's even been talk about the Cowboys considering him as their "eighth pick". In Jerry's words, the Cowboys debated all through the draft whether to take him, but "gambled" that he'd still be there as a UDFA.

The coaches think he might be the readiest to come in here and help us more than any offensive lineman. He has an opportunity to come in and contribute immediately," Jerry Jones said. "We’re proud of that. We do have him. We really debated for the last two weeks as to how to put in action, or how to make a decision, relative to a risk issue that is subjective to some degree. ... It’s a longer-term thing. We’re ready to take that risk. He’s a good player, someone that you guys recognize as someone that can help the offensive line."

The Cowboys will bring in an additional 10-15 players for the rookie camp this weekend for tryouts. This will be in addition to the seven draft picks and 21 UDFAs they've signed.

Some of names floating around as possible attendees for the tryouts are:

Nathan Dick, QB, Central Arkansas
Larry Smith, QB, Vanderbilt
Bryce Beall, RB, Houston
David Little, WR, Midwestern State
Neal Tivis, OL, Abilene Christian
Jamize Olawale, TE/FB, North Texas